1. Tell me about you!
Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble. Use your resume summary as a base to start.
2. What do you know about our company?
Do your homework before the interview! Spend some time online or at the library researching the company. Find out as much as you can, including products, size, income, reputation, image, management talent, people, skills, history and philosophy. Project an informed interest; let the interviewer tell you about the company.
3. Why do you want to work for us?
Don't talk about what you want; first, talk about their needs: You would like to be part of a specific company project; you would like to solve a company problem; you can make a definite contribution to specific company goals.
4. What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't?
Relate past experiences that show you've had success in solving previous employer problem(s) that may be similar to those of the prospective employer.
5. What about the job offered do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?
List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor.
6. Why should we hire you?
Because of your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills.
7. What do you look for in a job?
An opportunity to use your skills, to perform and be recognized.
8. Please give me your definition of a .... (the position for which you are being interviewed).
Keep it brief -- give an action- and results-oriented definition.
9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
Not long at all -- you expect only a brief period of adjustment to the learning curve.
10. How long would you stay with us?
As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving, growing, etc.
1. You may be overqualified for the position we have to offer.
Strong companies need strong people. A growing, energetic company is rarely unable to use its employees' talents. Emphasize your interest in a long-term association, pointing out that the employer will get a faster return on investment because you have more experience than required.
2. What is your management style?
(If you've never thought about this, it's high time you did.) "Open-door management" is best ... And you get the job done on time or inform your management.
3. Are you a good manager? Give an example. Why do you feel you have top managerial potential?
Keep your answer achievement- and task-oriented; emphasize management skills -- planning, organizing, interpersonal, etc.
4. What do you look for when you hire people?
Skills, initiative, adaptability.
5. Did you ever fire anyone? If so, what were the reasons and how did you handle it?
Give a brief example of a time when you faced this, and stress that it worked out well.
6. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
Getting things planned and done on time within the budget.
7. What do your subordinates think of you?
Be honest and positive...they can check your responses easily.
8. What is your biggest weakness as a manager?
Be honest and end on a positive note, e.g. "I don't enjoy reprimanding people, so I try to begin with something positive first."
1. Why are you leaving your present job?
Refine your answer based on your comfort level and honesty. Give a "group" answer if possible, e.g. our department was consolidated or eliminated.
2. How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits?
Concerned but not panicked.
3. Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment.
One in which people are treated as fairly as possible.
4. How would you evaluate your present firm?
It's an excellent company that afforded me many fine experiences
1. How have you helped increase sales? Profits?
Explain in some detail, citing figures and specific examples.
2. Have you helped reduce costs? How?
Describe in some detail with specifics.
3. How much money did you account for?
Give examples as to your responsibilities. Explain how the budget was determined, and your role in overseeing your department's portion.
4. How many people did you supervise on your last job?
Explain the structure of your department and your role as manager.
5. Do you like working with figures more than words?
Be honest but positive.
6. In your current or last position, what features did you like the most? Least?
Be honest but put a positive spin on your least favorite duties.
7. In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significant accomplishments?
1. Why haven't you found a new position before now?
Finding a job is easy; finding the right job is more difficult. Stress that you are being selective, and are looking for the right "fit."
2.Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If so, what do you think held you there?
Explain that your job is no longer challenging and that you feel your talents are best used elsewhere.
3. What do you think of your boss?
Be as positive as you can, even if you don't really believe it